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  • New Fender Modern Player Series...made in China...Pawn Shops made in Japan?

    When I took my case back to GC to swap it out today, I noticed that they had received a couple of the Tele models of the new Modern Player series. They had both of these:





    Not a fan of transparent black (both were that color), but the guitars had a solid feel, nice necks, etc. I was kind of surprised to see that they were made in China, though. Walked over to the Fender Pawn Shop models, and noticed that they were made in Japan. Maybe that's how they are hitting these price points... They did not feel as nice as some of the higher end MIM models, but every bit as nice...or nicer than the MIM Standard models.
    My Gear:
    2015 Taylor 214ce Deluxe
    2008 Fender American Standard Telecaster
    Epiphone Les Paul Standard Pro
    2006 Fender American 60th Anniv. P-Bass
    Takamine acoustic

  • #2
    Saw some of these last week in person. Nice enough, but, I think I'll just wait for the inevitable stream of used Modern Players to show up for cheap.

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    • #3
      Fender branded Japanese made guitars are nothing new, and it was well known from the start that the Pawn Shops were Japanese. Fender branded guitars from China is a whole other kettle of fish. As I've said before I can't help but suspect this is a trial run for Fender, and if they sell well and there's no backlash we may see the end of Squier.
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      • #4
        I've played a couple pawn shops and they were very nice, and played very well. I consider them on par with higher end MIMs. I have not played a modern players yet but if the Squier VMs and CVs are any indication, well most of us know by now that they are very good.
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        • #5
          Are you sure the Fenders from China were actually "Fender" branded, rather than Squiers with a Big Fender logo? I just ask because I remember hearing ....somewhere.... recently that they were going to do a run of Squiers with a small Squier / big Fender logo. They have done this before. The very first run of JV Squiers back in the early 80s, if memory serves, had a big Fender logo and "Squier Series" in small letters somewhere else on the headstock. There were also a run of Squiers done like that in.... Mexico(? I think) back in the early 90s. It would be interesting if they did decide to go with the Fender logo across the board. There are other companies who do it and it works for them - for example, Yamaha. I'd be sorts of sad to see the old Squier name go, though, as I've always liked Squiers.
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          • #6
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            • #7
              Japanese-made Fenders are anything but cheap, where have you been? They've generally been priced about the same as entry-level Made in USA instruments.
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              • #8
                Are you sure the Fenders from China were actually "Fender" branded, rather than Squiers with a Big Fender logo? I just ask because I remember hearing ....somewhere.... recently that they were going to do a run of Squiers with a small Squier / big Fender logo. They have done this before. The very first run of JV Squiers back in the early 80s, if memory serves, had a big Fender logo and "Squier Series" in small letters somewhere else on the headstock. There were also a run of Squiers done like that in.... Mexico(? I think) back in the early 90s. It would be interesting if they did decide to go with the Fender logo across the board. There are other companies who do it and it works for them - for example, Yamaha. I'd be sorts of sad to see the old Squier name go, though, as I've always liked Squiers.


                Yup, I'm positive. My MIM P-Bass from the mid-90's has the Fender logo with "squire series" in tiny writing at the end of the headstock.



                These were Fender branded, Modern Player series. Said "Made in China" on the back of the headstock. Neck finish felt similar to what they put on the Squire Classic Vibe guitars. Would not surprise me if they came out of the same factory.
                My Gear:
                2015 Taylor 214ce Deluxe
                2008 Fender American Standard Telecaster
                Epiphone Les Paul Standard Pro
                2006 Fender American 60th Anniv. P-Bass
                Takamine acoustic

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                • #9
                  This **************** again? Seriously? The search function does work again. Here are four other threads discussing the Modern Player Series being produced in china:

                  http://acapella.harmony-central.com/showthread.php?2839071-Fender-Modern-Player-Tele

                  http://acapella.harmony-central.com/showthread.php?2830815-Modern-Player-Series-are-probably-MIM

                  http://acapella.harmony-central.com/showthread.php?2833991-Fender-Modern-Player-Tele

                  http://acapella.harmony-central.com/showthread.php?2831037-Fender-Modern-Player-series
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                  • #10
                    in the time it took you to look all of those up...

                    ...you could have just gone to another thread...
                    My Gear:
                    2015 Taylor 214ce Deluxe
                    2008 Fender American Standard Telecaster
                    Epiphone Les Paul Standard Pro
                    2006 Fender American 60th Anniv. P-Bass
                    Takamine acoustic

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                    • #11
                      Are you sure the Fenders from China were actually "Fender" branded, rather than Squiers with a Big Fender logo? I just ask because I remember hearing ....somewhere.... recently that they were going to do a run of Squiers with a small Squier / big Fender logo. They have done this before. The very first run of JV Squiers back in the early 80s, if memory serves, had a big Fender logo and "Squier Series" in small letters somewhere else on the headstock.


                      I think you can pretty clearly see "Fender" on the headstock of the new Modern Player series. But really, what's the difference if they also have Squier on them somewhere? I'm pretty sure Fender didn't build a new factory in China for the Modern Player series. You can bet they're made in some of the same factories as some Squiers.
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                      • #12
                        Yeah, we like new threads - not as moldy and crusty as the old ones.

                        I like the look of those guitars... but I too am holding off, hoping to see a flood of used ones for cheap at some point!
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                        • #13
                          Yeah, at their price new...I would imagine sales in the coming months, as well as quite a few on the used market.
                          My Gear:
                          2015 Taylor 214ce Deluxe
                          2008 Fender American Standard Telecaster
                          Epiphone Les Paul Standard Pro
                          2006 Fender American 60th Anniv. P-Bass
                          Takamine acoustic

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                          • #14
                            People have been saying that the Squier Classic Vibe series is as good or better than Mexican Fender Standards.

                            Fender listened.
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                            • #15
                              People have been saying that the Squier Classic Vibe series is as good or better than Mexican Fender Standards.

                              Fender listened.


                              They're not bad...but they are not any better than a MIM Standard.
                              My Gear:
                              2015 Taylor 214ce Deluxe
                              2008 Fender American Standard Telecaster
                              Epiphone Les Paul Standard Pro
                              2006 Fender American 60th Anniv. P-Bass
                              Takamine acoustic

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